- The project included an analysis of several centerline alternative alignments for US Route 30 as well as various roadway and railroad overpass and underpass grade separation alternatives.
- The Phase I process included preparing a Group II categorical exclusion project report, intersection design study, bridge type study, location drainage study, pump station hydraulic report and traffic management plan. The preferred alternative detailed in the project report proposed a US Route 30 overpass (with track elevations maintained) and the roadway centerline shifted 64 feet to the east to facilitate construction of the new overpass and to accommodate a new frontage road system.
- In addition to a new bridge spanning the CNRR’s tracks, the proposed improvements included 3,500 feet of roadway reconstruction, 2,300 feet of MSE retaining walls, a 36-foot, three-sided precast culvert for oil pipeline access and a future bike trail (in the abandoned Norfolk Southern right-of-way) additional turn lanes at the intersection of US Route 30 with Sauk Trail, traffic signal modernization, a 10-foot-wide multi-use path, frontage roads on either side of the overpass, utility coordination and various aesthetic enhancements.
- Key project challenges included conducting the Phase I process on an accelerated 18-month schedule to meet funding requirements, coordinating with the Canadian National and Norfolk Southern Railroads, and coordinating with the Town of Dyer, Indiana, and INDOT.
- An extensive public involvement program was conducted following context sensitive solutions principles. This program included preparing a stakeholder involvement plan, community context audit report, two public meetings, a public hearing, three community advisory group meetings, six project study group meetings, newsletters, and local government official briefings.
- The project was funded by the state and the CNRR.